Gladstone Hotel

Gladstone Hotel

The Gladstone Hotel, a once run-down flophouse, has been recently transformed into a boutique hotel, situated in the heart of the vibrant West Queen West art scene at the edge of Parkdale .

Gladstone Hotel

They've got 37 rooms each uniquely decorated by local designers. If you want a true Canadian experience, opt for the Canadiana Room, where you'll appreciate details such as the maple leaf motif in the dresser drawers and Canadian authored books in the bookshelf unit.

We found the bed quite comfy. In the closet you'll find real hangers and in the bathroom you'll find nice handmade soaps from nearby Prince Edward County. There's a corkscrew provided in the room, but no wine glasses (just regular glasses). There's a flatscreen TV for your viewing pleasure. And earplugs are provided. This comes in handy, considering several rooms overlook the often noisy-until-the-wee-hours, bustling Queen Street West.

There's a charming, old elevator that can take you up to the fourth floor, but you may get impatient waiting for it and opt for the stairs.

Gladstone Hotel

Friendly and helpful concierge. Check-in at 3 p.m. Check-out at noon. $10 parking fee at the nearby grocery store just north of the hotel seems like an afterthought. They offer free wireless internet, but no available outlet for plugging in laptop. I had to unplug the TV to make an outlet available. There was a big dirty streak on the wall under one of the paintings in the room. The shower was not hot enough at full heat when I showered late in the morning before checking out.

Gladstone Hotel

Don't expect much in the way of an intimate dining experience in The Ballroom Cafe. Service is attentive, but the dining room itself has more of a bustling bar kind of feel. The food, with a focus on local, fair trade and organic ingredients, is scrumptious.

Gladstone Hotel

Who stays here? Locals who get drunk and hook up after singing karaoke at The Melody Bar; hipster out-of-towners wanting to look the part of the Queen Street West arts scene; and celebrities who want to remain anonymous. "We treat celebrities like regular people and we treat regular people like celebrities."



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  • February 7

    Our pain is your pleasure. Celebrate Valentine's day this year by listening to our unfortunate Tinder and online dating stories. Comedians, storytellers, and people who have never been on stage will be sharing dating stories that'll make you laugh, cringe, and maybe even cry. Most importantly, whether you're alone on Valentine's Day or not, you'll walk away feeling a lot better about yourself! Hosted by Dean Young - line up TBD.

    Doors 7:00pm Show 8:00pm

    Tickets $12 online | $15 at the door

    We are also looking for local storytellers! If you or someone you know has a dating app or online dating based story to share, please send a brief summary to tindertaleslive@gmail.com

    Tickets and show info available at www.tindertales.ca

  • February 8

    Tis' the season of hearts, pink, chocolate and flowers—you know what that means? Valentine's (and/or Palentine's) Day shopping! We'll have lot's of LOVEly handmade products for lovers, singles (love yo self) and everyone in between. Stroll down Queen West to the Gladstone Hotel for our Love Market and find original gifts created by local makers!

    Fuel up in the Gladstone Cafe and enjoy specialty cocktails and gourmet snacks while watching the hustle and bustle of the marketplace taking place in the adjacent ballroom. Then saunter over and chat with local artisans, collectors, and designers before falling in love with the perfect gift.

    FREE | WEDNESDAY FEB 8 @ 6:30PM - 10PM

  • February 5

    On February 5th, the Upper Canada Fibreshed is connecting urban makers with local fleece, roving and yarns. Meet the farmers, shop for local wool, alpaca and mohair, and join the maker-space and Fibershed knit-a-long. February 5th, 2017, 11 am - 4pm

  • January 27

    The winter sucks...Come dance to oldies and drink beer and forget about how cold it is.

    We'll be playing 3 sets of 50s and 60s Doo-Wop and Rock n' Roll. We got lots of new songs and some wonderful guest singers. See you there!

    Doors 10PM. Band on at 1030. $10.

  • March 21

    We are back at the Gladstone again on March 21st for the third edition of the bunz flea! For those of you unfamiliar, this is a flea market where you can use both cash and trades to buy goods from vendors, or bring your items to participate in our open trading area!

    Applications are now open! To apply please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/OFupuZXTIM6juO2X2 and feel free to email bunzfleato@gmail.com with your questions!

  • January 28

    After a 2016 packed with tour dates across Canada and the US, Boogat is kicking off the New Year with a ballroom bash at the Gladstone. Opening set by Los Poetas.

    $12 adv. Tickets on Eventbrite.

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    A brilliant Latin American vocalist who constantly reinvents himself with his prolific disography and a unique artistic approach, Boogat's non-stop work in the Worldbeat & Tropical Bass scene has given him worldwide recognition and acclaim.

    https://boogat.bandcamp.com/

    http://www.boogat.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/boogat.info

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    TO & YVR based Los Poetas will be starting this one off. Latin based hip-hop backed by a smoking salsa band live, Los Poetas is the sort of group that could only be centred in a major multicultural city like Toronto, Canada.

    http://www.wearelospoetas.com/

    https://www.facebook.com/WeAreLosPoetas

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  • February 11

    Each year at The Gladstone Hotel, we feature an eclectic and inspiring mix of local and international crafters and and artists. This year's fair will be held at on Saturday, February 11th, 2017 from 11AM until 4PM!

    The Toronto Erotic Arts and Crafts Fair is a one-of-a-kind sexy fair that brings together artists and crafters just in time for Valentine's Day! Knitters, crafters, zinesters, card makers, and artists of all types create inspired and inspiring erotic objects for this one day celebration of DIY sex and romantic culture.

  • January 31

    What’s it all about?

    Holistic Nutritionist Laura Benson will guide you through a workshop to learn about the powerful health benefits of tea drinking. Attendees will learn about the healing properties of specific herbs and spices and their powerful ability to ward off various health ailments such as cold/flues, inflammation and various digestive upsets. This workshop will allow attendees to make two different teas that will focus on restoring health in the body throughout the cold winter months. Attendees will learn how easy (and affordable) it can be to incorporate these healing herbs and spices into their daily lives to keep the body strong and vital.

    What will we cover?

    We will cover the origins and history of tea making, why and how tea is so healing, then into the healing properties of common herbs and spices, from which attendees can build their own teas to bring home. You will be creating 2 teas: one is a cold/flu fighter tea and the other is a digestive tea.

    Who will be teaching?

    Laura Benson, freelance Holistic Nutritionist from Toronto. Laura loves to educate and share her passion for nutrition. She loves to empower people to take charge of their own health and really just have fun in the kitchen. Laura is an avid tea lover and uses different combinations to help treat and prevent various health ailments.

  • January 24

    "Mindful eating is eating with intention while paying attention" -Kati Konersman

    What's it all about?

    Mindful eating is learning to pay attention. Instead of mindlessly and unconsciously eating and not really tasting the food you're eating, Mindful Eating teaches you to notice your thoughts, feelings, and sensations. If you're frustrated with endless dieting cycles and calorie counting or simply want to have a more sustainable, nourishing and pleasurable relationship with food, this workshop will demonstrate that the path to accomplishing your nutrition goals is through personal awareness and body wisdom.

    What will we cover?

    How to really listen to your body

    Simple ways to decrease stress and increase presence

    Making friends with your feelings and with food

    How to break unhealthy eating habits

    How to honour your natural food preferences

    Who will be teaching?

    Maria Chung is the founder of StrengthAesthetics. She is a performance nutritionist and eating psychology coach who helps clients look, feel, and perform their best. She specializes in uncovering breakthroughs with food and body challenges, including weight loss plateaus, fatigue, and endless dieting.

    No refunds on purchased tickets.

  • January 20

    Put down the Bubble Bobble and get on the dance floor!

    San Junipero is a party town and this party won't end at midnight.

    If you're like us and still dehydrated from crying through the end of Black Mirror's San Junipero episode then come have some drinks, dance your cares away and realize that heaven is a place on earth!

    More surprises are TBA so be sure to check back here.

    19 $10

  • January 21

    Come Up To My Room returns for the 14th year in a row to pack all four floors of the Gladstone with site-specific, immersive art and design installations over four days January 19 - 22.

    And how do we celebrate Toronto's favourite alternative art and design event? With a party, of course! Join us on Saturday night for the opening reception and explore all four floors - then drink and dance the night away in the Ballroom while admiring work by Rana Malik.

    DJs will throw down while you celebrate all that is art and design.

    Love Design Party is the official celebration for #CUTMR2017 and closing party for the Toronto Design Offsite Festival. See you there!

    Admission to this party is FREE while capacity allows. Grab your tickets to CUTMR 2017 on Eventbrite to explore the four floors of site-specific installations: https://cutmr2017.eventbrite.ca

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